Leaked plans for Ford's Detroit motor show display make cryptic reference to a new headline model that could be a successor to the GT
Darren Moss
11 January 2015

The riddle over the identity of the important new model from Ford that will take centre stage at the Detroit motor show could have been solved thanks to a leaked plan of the manufacturer's show stand.

This picture, first published on Autospies, is reportedly an official plan of Ford's display and makes reference to a new 'Phoenix' model right in the middle of the Blue Oval's stand.

Previously it was thought Ford would either show its recently confirmed Focus RS or a successor to the famous Ford GT supercar at its Detroit press conference, which is scheduled for 2.10pm tomorrow afternoon (UK time).

From these plans, which show the original Ford GT40 and the GT to the left of the 'Phoenix' stage, it looks likely that Ford will indeed be showing off a planned successor to the supercar.

The new model will likely be produced under the firm's new Ford Performance banner, which will produce 12 new sporty models between now and 2020.

Cars produced under the Ford Performance banner will be sold globally, and are being created by a US-based team that combines personnel from Ford's motorsport, road car and performance parts divisions.

If Ford does show a road-going GT replacement in Detroit this week, it is likely that a racing version won't be far off, as 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the original GT40's Le Mans 24 Hours win.

Also expected to be seen in Detroit is the high-performance F-150 Raptor pick-up truck, which according to reports will offer increased off-road performance and a more powerful engine than the regular F-150 on which it is based.

Alongside the 'Phoenix' and the F-150 Raptor, Ford has also set aside space for 'Hummingbird 2' on its stand. It is expected to be an even more hardcore version of the recently revealed Shelby Mustang GT350.

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